Concerts in the Park continue

Concerts in the Park: a Hometown Celebration, are held Thursday evenings in Central Park, North Branch. It starts at 6:45 p.m. with Story Time, where a guest readers highlights a favorite selection while parents and children follow along, a free book for the first 50 families. This week’s music is provided by Mile from Mars with their eclectic repertoire of pop, jazz and standards. These concerts are smoke- and alcohol-free and concessions are available.

North Branch Farmers’ Market 

North Branch Farmers’ Market is open Saturdays July through October, 8 a.m. to noon. The North Branch Farmers’ Market is located at the Lake State Federal Credit Union parking lot on 8th ave & Main St. Call 651-674-7624 for more information.

Overeaters Anonymous 

Overeaters Anonymous meetings held every Friday at 10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 5459 E. Viking Blvd., Wyoming. No dues, fees, or weigh-ins. Call Anne at 651-674-1729.

Almelund Night on the Town

All are welcome to Almelund on Friday, Aug. 3 for a night on the town.  The fun starts at 3 p.m. with the Almelund Farmer’s Market.  At 4 p.m. is the classic car show, come as a spectator, or bring your 1979 or older classic car and join in on the fun. At 6 p.m. enjoy a concert by the Interstate Band and at 7:30 p.m. laugh along at a classic comedy movie show.  Questions?  Call Diane at 651-583-2295.

2012 Braham Pie Day set for Aug. 3

Braham, the “Homemade Pie Capital of Minnesota,” will hold its one-day pie festival Friday, Aug. 3 in Freedom Park. The day includes pies in the park, crafters, a quilt show and performing artists, essentially all things “pie.”  For more information call 320-396-4956 or visit and also on Facebook.


Almelund Seniors

Almelund Seniors will meet at the Almelund Town Hall Friday, Aug. 10 at 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join thme for an afternoon of cards and social time.

PFLAG meeting  

The East Central MN Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays will meet on Sunday, Aug. 12, 4 p.m. at the ARC Retreat Center, 1680 373rd Ave NE, Stanchfield – west of Grandy.  Questions about PFLAG or how to get to ARC?  Call 320-396-3128 or 763-464-0079.

We R Able sponsors North Branch theater outing

The North Star Theater Company offers its summer show in August and We R Able is organizing an evening out to see the show beginning with some pre-show refreshments at 5:45 p.m. in the commons area of the North Branch High School (NBHS).  The show begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 at the NBHS Theater. Anyone interested in joining in this summer theater evening should pre-register by Aug. 12 by calling 320-358-1220.

Gammelgarden event includes fiddles and stargazing 

Spelmanstämma at Gammelgården Museum is the “can’t miss it” event of the summer. WCCO’s Mike Lynch will be on hand for a Star Gazing Party featuring information on the stars used by immigrants for navigation in addition to his original astronomy program.

Spelmanstämma is a long held Swedish tradition for fiddlers to gather on a lovely day, play tunes and teach each other new music. The American Swedish Institute Spelmans Lag carries on this tradition. Learn a bit about fiddle music, learn a bit about astronomy and enjoy a full day with great food.It all begins at 10 a.m. Advance tickets for the Swedish Pulled Pork Supper can be purchased by Aug. 15 with a reduced price $8./adult $4 preschooler. Tickets will be reserved (prepaid with credit card) by calling 651-433-5053. After Aug. 15 up to the day of the event, tickets are $10. and $5.

Minnesota Lyme Association meeting

Minnesota Lyme Association meets on Aug. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the North Branch Area Library 6355 379th St.

They will be viewing DVD part 2 of “Putting Lyme Behind You” by Dr Burrascano who is joined by a panel of Lyme-treating physicians, including Drs. Eric Gordon, Ray Stricker, AzRa MaEl, Christine Green, Neil Nathan and Wayne Anderson answering lyme-related questions.

Almelund Apple Festival set for Sept. 16

The 19th annual Almelund Apple Festival is set for Sunday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m.– 4 p.m. at the Amador School House Heritage Center and Swedish Immigrant Log Farm in Almelund. Your help is needed: art/craft/produce booth space available; call Diane at 651-583-2295 for details. Can you demonstrate an old time craft? Can you donate two hours of your time? Silent auction donations sought. Please call or text Lin at 651-269-3580. All proceeds go toward the Immigrant Log Farm project and the Heritage Center.

Free family course on mental illnesses offered in NB

Do you have a family member living with a mental illness? The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota is offering a free educational course that helps families gain a greater understanding of mental illness, discuss resources, build communication skills, reduce stress and find support. Over 3,000 Minnesota families have benefited from this course.

Join others for this series taught by family members who have walked the walk. The Family-to-Family course will meet weekly on Tuesdays for 12 weeks. The course starts Monday, Sept. 10, from 6:30-9:00 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, 38460 Lincoln Trail in North Branch.

Pre-registration is required; call Charles or Rachel at 651-492-8766.

We R Able Art Show includes dance

Visual arts and dance will combine at four We R Able art show openings from August through November.  Art work completed during the annual We R Able spring painting class will be on display at the Rush City Library, beginning Saturday, Aug. 18.

The opening is at 11 a.m. in conjunction with the Art and Music Festival, where guests may view the artwork, enjoy some light refreshments and participate in interpretative dance lead by Cheryl Braddock who will help viewers create movements inspired by the individual pieces of art.

There will be art show openings at the libraries in Pine City, Wyoming, and North Branch throughout the fall.

For more information call 320-358-1220. We R Able provides accessible programs for adults with disabilities ages 14 and up, and the general public.  All are welcome to attend.  Volunteers are also welcome.

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